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Posted: 10/27/2006 11:05:52 PM EDT
Power supply in my computer(450W PSU that came with the case) just died, rigged up an older power supply (Dell Server PSU thats 250W)...

It's working but I dare not push it more then I have to and would like to buy a new unit.

Currently Im running an AMD athlon 64 3700+, ATI Radeon 9800 pro, Seagate 250gb SATA drive and a DVD ROM drive (not burner).

I saw some literature that suggests at leasts 20 Amps on the 12 volt rail for Athlon 64 processors like mine? Any other purchase recommendations?

Anything else that I should know?

Also just as an side, windows activation tripped when I put the working PSU in, so be aware htat power supply swaps can trigger that.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 10:28:58 AM EDT
[#1]
bump for the day crew
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 10:32:00 AM EDT
[#2]

Quoted:
Power supply in my computer(450W PSU that came with the case) just died, rigged up an older power supply (Dell Server PSU thats 250W)...

It's working but I dare not push it more then I have to and would like to buy a new unit.

Currently Im running an AMD athlon 64 3700+, ATI Radeon 9800 pro, Seagate 250gb SATA drive and a DVD ROM drive (not burner).

I saw some literature that suggests at leasts 20 Amps on the 12 volt rail for Athlon 64 processors like mine? Any other purchase recommendations?

Anything else that I should know?

Also just as an side, windows activation tripped when I put the working PSU in, so be aware htat power supply swaps can trigger that.


Thats just fucking stupid

Any good 500 watt PS should be good.  Check out newegg.com for this
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 10:36:36 AM EDT
[#3]
I've had good luck with antec. any name brand over 400 watts should serve you well. You could use a lesser supply but why risk it. newegg.com & zipzoomfly.com are pretty good places to look.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 10:39:16 AM EDT
[#4]
I'd go get advice from http://www.anandtech.com

Theres more to it than wattage.
I don't even know if your board has a 20 or 24 pin connector. Then theres the P4 plug. Your power supply should have a dual 12v rail, with the Athlon 64. Considering only 1 hdd, and the older vid card, I guess thats not crucial.  Anyways, I'd do some research, and I would'nt spend less than $75.  Fortron, Sparkle, thats good stuff.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 10:57:46 AM EDT
[#5]
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 11:13:58 AM EDT
[#6]
I'd stick with a newer Antec or Enermax.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 6:44:11 PM EDT
[#7]

Quoted:
Power supply in my computer(450W PSU that came with the case) just died, rigged up an older power supply (Dell Server PSU thats 250W)...

It's working but I dare not push it more then I have to and would like to buy a new unit.

Currently Im running an AMD athlon 64 3700+, ATI Radeon 9800 pro, Seagate 250gb SATA drive and a DVD ROM drive (not burner).

I saw some literature that suggests at leasts 20 Amps on the 12 volt rail for Athlon 64 processors like mine? Any other purchase recommendations?

Anything else that I should know?

Also just as an side, windows activation tripped when I put the working PSU in, so be aware htat power supply swaps can trigger that.



   


Link Posted: 10/29/2006 11:22:49 AM EDT
[#8]
Went out and bought an Antec 500 watt...

Didn't work at all.

Going to do the old reliable hardware hookup method (unplug everything, plug everything back in after dusting and cleaning). Hope it works after that. Otherwise I will be very disappointed in Antec.
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